2022 Annual Report

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Living in Highlands, it's a joy to watch the seasons change. As the days get longer and the spring ephemerals rise out of the once frozen ground, excitement builds around the summer to come (Nature Camp, Zahner Lectures, and Salamander Meanders!) Though summer is a very busy time for the Highlands Biological Foundation (HBF), we continue to execute a vast array of public programs throughout the rest of the year We identified year-round programming as a goal in our last strategic plan and then we took it to the next level - even adding a second full-time educator to meet the demand for our programs! In 2022, we were able to incorporate even more local organizations to our outreach program including the Highlands Community Child Development Center, Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, and Chestnut Hill of Highlands.

2022 was a banner year for HBF in terms of impact Our focus on research funding has reached new heights We again contributed $100,000 to the Highlands Field Site resident program at Highlands Biological Station which welcomed 15 undergraduate students to Highlands for a full semester of immersive, experiential learning led by Dr Rada Petric We funded over $30,000 in research at the Station, including "Grants-in-Aid" to researchers and support of ongoing research endeavors like the MAPS bird banding project Another notable event in 2022 was the long-awaited dedication of the new North Campus and John “Sto” Stowers Teaching Pavilion. The North Campus has become a place for the community, built by our community, and is one of the Foundation’s greatest accomplishments.

We are incredibly grateful for your support of HBF. With your help, we will fund even more research, host even more programs, and welcome even more visitors to the Highlands Nature Center in 2023. Looking forward to seeing you at the Station!

Sincerely,

HBF STAFF

CharlotteMuir

WinterGary MarketingManager

PaigeEngelbrektsson

LeadEducationSpecialist

HollyTheobald LeadEducationSpecialist

HBF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JennieStowers President

JohnMitchener VicePresident

AmyPatterson Treasurer

WilliamClarkson Secretary

JuliaGrumbles Past-President

TriciaAllen

LisaArmstrong

KimberlyCoward

RuthEdwards

MonteGaillard

TomHolmes

MarianneJenkins

CathyJones

FrankLangford

DrewLanham

DavidMartin

MelanieMauldin

JamesMilby

FrancesOakley

KarenPatterson

WilliamReeves

VernonSkiles

AlexSmith

CarolStewart

MarthaStibbs

JonnieSwann

CHARLOTTE MUIR | EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | HBF
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Local organizations received regular programming including the Gordon Center, the Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau, & Chestnut Hill

in grant funding received to directly support HBF programs & outreach

visitors explored the Nature Center during "peak week"

also known as

the week of July

Nature Center program & event volunteers

people engaged in our educational programs

Full-time educator

&

Seasonal Naturalists joined our education team

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Summer program brochures mailed to members & distributed locally

New e-news subscribers

Marketing grant received to promote Nature Center programs!

Nature Center Rack

Cards printed & distributed locally

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From funding visiting researchers to collective bird conservation efforts, your donor dollars made significant impacts in 2022. Here's to celebrating advances in science and the growth of knowledge about our region through scientific research while acknowledging there is still so much to learn.

2 grant recipients led "Be a Scientist" programs at the Nature Center, teaching a total of 38 people about their HBFsupported research efforts

Invested in UNC-Chapel Hill's Highlands Field Site program at the Station featuring 9 research projects in 2022. Students studied hemlocks, salamanders, bats, microplastics, & more

Nature Center staff led 8 "MAPS Education Station" programs, teaching the public about this bird banding research effort

"Grants-in-Aid" of scientific research awarded to visiting scholars residing at the Station & studying pollinators, native plants, small mammals, & more

Raised for HBF-supported research efforts on Giving Tuesday + $3,384 raised for programs & outreach

Supporting the BatPak citizen science project led by Dr. Rada Petric to collect data on bat populations along the Appalachian Trail

Supporting the MAPS bird banding project at the Station in partnership with Blue Ridge Bird Observatory

Seasonal Research Assistants joined the Station's team with funding provided by HBF

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2022 SOURCE OF FUNDS

2022 USE OF FUNDS

Individual,Business,Foundation 53.3% FundraisingEvents 25.8% NatureCenterRetail 8.1% Grants 6.7% ProgramServices 55% Other 0.6% Education&Outreach 382% Fundraising 171% HighlandsFieldSite 141% Operations 12.4% HBSImprovements 111% HBF-SupportedResearchPrograms 4.1% ResearchScholarships 3%
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MANY THANKS TO OUR 2022 SUPPORTERS:

A Friends' Foundation Elizabeth Acker Bryding Adams & Bob Rathburn Mary Beth Allen Tricia & H. Inman Allen Lisa & Clay Allen Judith & Richard Allison Cotton Alston Chelsea Anderson Lynda Anderson & Ken Conover Lisa & Brad Armstrong Kellye & James Aschmeyer Robin Austin Carol & Norm Avinger Rebekah Axson Kim & Charles Bailes Margaret & Andrew Bailey Bryan Baldwin & Eric Hull Susan & Walter Baldwin III Linda Barlow & Penny Connerley Charlotte Bartenfeld Kevin Bates Diane & Robert Baxter Bena Bayless & George Hudson Ann Bbutke Dana Beisheim Glenda & Griffin Bell Joni & Robert Benitez Elizabeth & Rob Bennett Ann & Jim Benton Sarah & Howard Benz Berkshire Hathaway HomeServicesMeadows Mountain Realty Marie & David Bernier Danielle Berry & Mark Squillante Adelle Bethel Katy Betz Michael Biichle, Jr Becky Blakeney Debi & David Bock Laura Bollman Teri & Moses Bond Jane & James Bonham Marty & Dan Boone Katherine & Glenn Bosio Nicole Boutin Carroll Ann Bowers Shannon & Joe Bowman J Elizabeth Bradham Jenny Lynn Bradley Alister Brady & Michael Lanzilotta Vivian Brewer Judith & Jack Brinson Britton Foundation Erin Bronk & Ricky Rawlins Elizabeth & Richard Bruce Ann & Bill Burke Megan Burleson Michele Burns & Deborah Jamison Joan Cabe Russell Carpenter Tamra Carpenter & David Schankler Linda & Scott Carter Jess Cathell Rufus Chambers Laurie & Bruce Champion James Chance Jill & Greg Chesney Kathy Chew Janet Chitty Betty Ruth Chrestman Brenda & Larry Church Ruth & Tom Claiborne, Jr. Linda & Tommy Clark Terrell & Joe Clark Clark Family Fund Janet & Scott Clarke Lucile & William Clarkson Matthew Clayton Paula Coe & Sis George Ashley Jenkins Collins Hillary Cone Amy & Cecil Conlee Harriet Cook Katie & Brandon Cooke Carolyn Cooley Ellen & Arthur Cooper Jean Copeland Barbara & Tom Corcoran Kimberly & Bill Coward Tink & Neil Crawford Denise & Ed Crenshaw Michael Crowe & Michael Burel Richard Crowell Jessica Cummings Nan & Hackett Cummins Barbara Cusachs Lisa Dailey Marcy & Jack Dalton Dan & Merrie Boone Foundation Manoa Daniel Nonie Daniel Kim & Rich Daugherty Mary Todd & James Davis Tee & Cantey Davis Phyllis & Tom Davis George Davison Evelyn & Martin de Laureal Melissa & Richard Delany Lynn Delgado & Fred Gehrisch Candy & Gus Denton Marilyn Sue & Gary Dillard Vevie & Lawrence Dimmitt Linda & Gordon Dixon Linda Donnelly Zibby Doob Avary & Gerry Doubleday Brett Doug Nancy Downs Arvid Druhan Pamela Drummond 10

Christopher Duffy

Suzanne & Don Duggan

Martha & Michael Dupuis

Regan Dupuy

Suzanne Dye

Ruthie & Berryman Edwards

Clare & J Wiley Ellis

Chelsea Emerson

Melinda & Eric Engelbrektsson

Corinne Erickson

Melinda & James Ethier Susan Evins Lynn Ezell Ellen Fagan

Rhonda & Van Fagan Julie Farrow

Vicki & Donny Ferguson

Charles Fienning

Ashton Finley

Kimberly & Jim Fiscus

Cathy & Robert Fisher

Sandy & Bill Flatau

Joyce Fleming & F Carlton King

Fredericka Flynt

Leighton & Quentin Fogan

Alexa Foreman

Patti & Frank Foster

Rachel Fraser & Jim Ward

Tina Freeman & Philip Woollam Freeman Woollam Foundation

Rachel Friday & Jeff Schenck

Eva Fuller

Carla Funk & Jeff Johnson

Monte & Palmer Gaillard

Irene & Huey Gardner

Joanna Gardner Chelsea Gary Paula & Tim Gaskin

Lisa & Covert Geary

Jane & Tom Ghegan

Cynthia Gibson

Bobbie & Jonathan Golden Michael Goldstein

Marianne Golieb

Esther & John Gooch

Anne & Dick Goodsell

Shirlee Grabko

Amanda & Greg Gregory Debbie Grossman & Lisa Wilker

Julia & Bill Grumbles

Jeannie Guthrie Kingsley Guy

Foundation

Shelby Haggard

Rob Haggard

Margaret & Tom Hall

Debby Hall

Victoria & Rufus Harris

Laura & Steve Harris

Cindy & Thomas Harris

Lindy & Robbie Harrison

Kathryn & Robert Harwood

Lynn & Drayton Hastie

Patty & Jim Hatcher

R.B. Haynes

Sandy & Randy Heath

Eileen Heisman

Portia & Buddy Hendrick

Kathy & Pete Hendricks

Cathy Henson & Chris Carpenter

Lori & Ed Heys

Highlands Chamber of Commerce/ Visit Highlands, NC

Highlands Community Fund

Highlands Festivals, Inc

Mollie Hilliard

Helen Hobbs

Ken Hodges

Kay Hodges

Sally & Bill Hoffmann

Virginia Hogan

Florence & Tom Holmes

Gina & Linton Hopkins

Leah & Bill Horton

Lydia Horton

Sandra Hourihan

Amy Hubbard

Julia & Glenn Huberman

Stell Huie

Elizabeth Hundley

Jean & Ron Hunnicutt

Martha Hunter

Regina & Chris Hunter

Maija Hurst

Patty & Brock Hutchins

Indian River Community Foundation

Suzanne Inman

Sue Jackson

Nancy Jamison

Marianne & Ben Jenkins

Jane Jerry

Carol Jean & Timothy Johnson

Cathy & Paul Jones

Cookie & Harrison Jones

Jones Family Fund

Rosie & Ben Kay

Julie & Ben Keck

Bonnie Keller

Alfred Kennedy & Bill Kenny

Jo Ann & James Kiley

James Kimmel

Susannah Kinsey

Natasha & Brooks Kittrell

Louise Ladson

Elizabeth & James Landis

Frank Langford, Jr

Laurel Garden Club

Jackie & Gil Leebrick

Brianna Legate & Erik Selness

Angela Lemmon

Diane Lennox & Paul Manos

Amanda Leonhardt

Gage & Mark LeQuire

Betty & Don Leslie

Rebecca Lester

Kim Levell & Ken Becker

Diane & Michael Levine

Rachel Lewicki, The Secret Garden Market

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Deborah & David Lichtenfelt

Carole Light

Sherrill Lineberger

Alice Lodge

Lawrence Lokken

Ursula & Tony Long

Susannah Lovell

Anita & John Lupoli

Lucy & Hans Luquire

Elizabeth Lyons

Gordon MacDonald

Rosemary Malone & Bill Grubb

Judith & William Maner

Catherine & George Manning

Charlotte & Bob Margolin, Peachtree Hills Place

Elizabeth & David Martin

Heath Massey & John Mitchener

Elizabeth Matthews

Joan Towles Matthews

Kim & George Matthews

Lori & Bill Mattice

Melanie & Tom Mauldin

Virginia &Bob May

Lesley & David McAdams

McAdams Foundation

Bruce McAlpin

Ken McCall

Libbo & Gwaltney McCollum

Jennifer & Forrest McConnell III

Kelly & Chris McDaniel

Paula & Harry McDonald

Karen McDougal

Holly McEachern

Kim & Bob McEver

Ada McIver

Becky & Will McKee

Kathryn McKey

Margaret McKnight

Howard McMillan

Diane & Ray McPhail

Pamela Gore Meade

Audrey & Lawrence Mellichamp

Richard Melvin

Ann & Hugh Milam

Kelly Milam

Kathleen & James Milby

Lynn & Phil Miller

Sandra Millor

Frances & Burgess Mills

Brucie Mintz

Johnette & Steve Mintz

Janet Misner

Ann Mitchell

Cannon & Rick Montague

Laura & Leo Montgomery

Kelli & Jim Moody

Frank Moore

David Moore & Darren Whatley

Patricia & John Moorehouse

Mountain Findings

Mountain Garden Club

Barbara & Rodney Mundy

Lane & Mark Murrah

Sandy & Brennan Myers NADA Foundation

Susan & Alex Nading

Sara & John Nastopoulos

Beth & Robert Nathan

Nancy & Lyle Nichols

Nicholas Niespodziani

Virginia & John Noland

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Frances & Obie Oakley

Ruthie & Franko Oliver

Joseph Orr

Jane Ostlund

Robin & Joe Owens

Augustin Painter

Jennifer Panders

Joyce Parks

Amy Patterson

Cookie Patterson

Karen Patterson

Beth Moore & Wallace Patzke, Jr

Joan Pedersen

Susan Perkins & Kent Wittman

Ronald Petersen

Brenda & Steve Pierson

Nancy & Todd Pietri

J. Dan Pittillo

Allison Pohl & Mehran Ebadolahi

Penny Pollock

Anne & Peter Portley

Karen & George Powell, Highlands Aerial Park

Morgan Price

Sally & Gene Price

Andrea Putman

Tammy Putnam

Virginia Randolph

Sue & Kim Ratliff

Mary Ann & Larry Ray

Jennifer Ready

Stephanie & William Reeves

Helen & Russell Regnery

Emilie & Bruce Reid

Alice & Mike Reid

Marion Reid

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Elizabeth & Stephen Reynolds

Rich Foundation

Diane & Jim Riddle

Janet & Jim Robbins

Laura & William Rockwell

Joanne Roesner

Becky Rogers

Rose Garden Club

Donna & John Rymer

Louise & Clifton Saik

Ruby Sanders

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Cary Saurage

Steven Sawyer

Lindsey & Ryan Schoultz

Christine Schreck

Adele & Nicholas Scielzo

Charles Scribner

Margaret & Randolph Shaffner

Susan Sheehan

Jane & Flip Sheridan

Wyn Shoptaw

Nancy & Tredway Shurling

Helene & Ricky Siegel

Mary & Guy Silva

Justine Simoni & Timothy Benedetto

Miriam & Vernon Skiles

Kim & Alex Smith, Alex Smith Garden Design LTD

Robert Smith

Lisa Smith & Ronnie Hodge

Susan Smutek

Margie & Mike Spraggins

Lori Stapleton

Tilly Starling

Joan & Stan Starnes

IN HONOR OF........

Carol & Rusty Stewart

Leslie & Donald Stewart

Veronica & John Stewart

Marcia & Jack Stibbs

Martha & Hal Stibbs

Rosemary & Bill Stiefel

Esther & Jim Stokes

Karen & Will Stolz

Carole & Milt Stork

Jennie Stowers

Katrina Street

Marianne & Bob Strickland

Ann Sullivan

Jonnie & Jim Swann

Dorothea Swanson

Susan Swanson

Gail Taber

Helen Tapp

Susan & Charley Tarver

Carol & Martin Teem

Cathy Temple

The Bell Family Foundation

The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation

The Estate of Wicke Chambers

The Highlands Rotary Club, Inc

The Jordan Foundation, Inc.

The Raymond E & Ellen F Crane Foundation

The Woodcrest Foundation

Judy Thomas

J Paige Tillung

Keller & William Torrey

Jane & Tom Tracy

Cynthia & Robert Trescott

Susan & Bill Trotter

Corbin & Robert Tucker

DONOR(S)

Becky & Bennett Blakeney............The Blakeneys

Sonya Carpenter................................

Mr & Mrs Braxton Comer

Gloria Cook.........................................

Wild Azalea Garden Club

Charles Scribner

Amanda Leonhardt

Brooks Dubois Anonymous

Allen Eaves & Kevin Bates.............

Kevin Bates

W.O. Ezell............................................ Dr. Lynn Ezell

Sidney Futch Anonymous

Julia Grumbles....................................Virginia Hollon

Jane Webb

Steve Harris.........................................Anonymous

Bettye & John Kemper

Dr. Paul Manos..................................

Gigi & Doug Matthews...................

Hannah Meade

Kathy Chew

Lawrence Lokken

Jeannie Guthrie

Pamala Gore Meade

Debbie Moore.................................... Nancy Downs

Charlotte Muir

Dr. Amy Patterson & Cookie Patterson

Rose Garden Club

Becky & Will McKee

Casey Reid........................................... Margaret McKnight

Kate Wofford

Alex Smith...........................................Mountain Garden Club

University Financing Foundation, Inc

Terry & Wes Vawter

Deborah Verner

Karen Vizzina

J Elwood Walker

Kristy Walker

Wantoot Foundation, Inc.

Kathy & Bestor Ward

John Bennet Waters

Anne Watkins

Gayle Watkins & Andy Chmar

Jane Webb

Pamela & Stephen Weber

Rebecca & Randy Westbrooks

Lyda White & Art Steineker

Wild Azalea Garden Club

Hilary & Chris Wilkes

Angela & Art Williams, Old Edwards Inn & Spa

Christy Williams

Lydia & Charlie Williams

Emily Wilmarth

Sarah Morgan & Walter Wingfield

Kate Wofford

Reagan Womack

Betty Lieu Wong

Sarah Woodley

Brenda Woodward

Lu & James Worrell

Alice & Bill Wright

Dancy & Charles Wynne

Sarah & George Young

Richard Yow

Courtney Zahner

Glenda Zahner

IN HONOR OF........DONOR(S)

Mara Klein & Daniel Soder...........

Marie & David Bernier

Corinne Erickson

Marianne Golieb

Gina & Linton Hopkins

Nancy & Todd Pietri

Jennifer Ready

Susan Smutek

Carol Stewart

Susan Alsup

Jane & James Bonham

Kim & Rich Daugherty

Arvid Druhan

Irene & Huey Gardner

Kelly & Chris McDaniel

Barbara & Rodney Mundy

Susan & Alex Nading

Deborah Verner

Carol & Rusty Stewart

Jennie Stowers...................................

Lynn & Drayton Hastie

Jennifer & Forrest McConnell III

Steven Trescott..................................Robert Trescott

Dr. Malvina Trussell........................Anonymous

Olivia & Jackson Wavra.................

Joni & Robert Benitez

In honor of our grandchildren Anonymous

The Anderson Family.....................Chelsea Anderson

The Cheshire Family Anonymous

The Wenzel Family.........................Anonymous 13

Christopher Alley.............................

Margaret Brannen

Linda Donnelly

Julia & Glenn Huberman

Margaret & Randolph

Shaffner

Helene & Ricky Siegel

Juliet Beale

Christopher James Bernier

Waldo Bradley...................................

Mary Dial Bovard.............................

Susan Evins.........................................

Carol & Rusty Stewart

Marie & David Bernier

Susan & Alex Nading

Louise Ladson

Cotten Alston

Rufus Chambers & the Estate of Wicke Chambers

Susannah Kinsey

Sherrill Lineberger

Evelyn Holliman & Edward Murphy

Joseph Orr

Jane Ostlund

Jane & William Rippner

Judy Thomas

Margo Franklin................................

Sue Jackson

The McCalls

Howard McMillan

Frances & Burgess Mills

Sara & John Nastopoulos

Anne & Peter Portley

Laura & William Rockwell

Anne Watkins

Margo & Julian Franklin...............

William Haggard..............................

Mildred Johnson...............................

Celia Marie McCullough ..............

Janet Chitty

Shelby Haggard

Rob Haggard

Susan Evins

Shirlee Grabko

Sandy & Randy Heath

Julie & Ben Keck

Deborah & David Lichtenfelt

Kathryn McKey

The Womacks

Kendall McEachern

Richard Melvin

Paul Sanger.........................................

Raymond Semlitsch........................

Claude Sullivan.................................

Dan Zahner.........................................

Holly McEachern

Joyce Parks & Judy Blizard

Frances & Obie Oakley

Sandra Hourihan

Susan & Alex Nading

Diane Lennox & Paul Manos

Andrea Putman

THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 ANONYMOUS DONORS!

IN MEMORY OF.....
DONOR(S)
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that will inspire present & future generations to preserve & protect the unique environment of the Highlands Plateau. Please remember HBF in your will. Donate or set up a recurring donation online Mail a donation to: Call our office to make a contribution Send a stock gift Contribute through a donor-advised fund Introduce your family & friends to the Nature Center & Botanical Garden Volunteer at the Nature Center or in the Botanical Garden at highlandsbiological.org P.O. Box 580 Highlands, NC 28741 For additional giving opportunities or more information, please call 828.526.2221 15 There are a variety of ways through which you can support our mission:
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